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January 11, 2007

 

Atha
Doris Marie Atha, 71, of Frankfort, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at Bradford Healthcare Center in Frankfort.
Born Sept. 13, 1935, in Owenton, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Frances Kiddwell Winkle. She was the owner/operator of Atha Mobile Home Park and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice Heichelbech; two sons, Steven Eugene Atha and Michael Wayne Atha, both of Frankfort; three sisters, Opal Glass, California, Pauline Brown, Corinth, and Margaret Morgan, Georgetown; a brother, Eugene Winkle, Owenton; and three grandchildren.
Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 8, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. John Jessup and the Rev. Todd Lester. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Kenneth Atha, Donald Atha, Eric Hortenbery, Brian Quire, Jerry Gardner, and Terry Heichelbech.
Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Baker

William Frank “Billy Frank” Baker, 82, of Versailles, widower of Jean Hamilton Baker, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007.
Born March 17, 1924, in Versailles, he was the son of Bess and Frank Baker. He was educated in Versailles and graduated from Millersburg Military Institute. He received his undergraduate college degree at the University of South Carolina in 1945 and earned a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Kentucky in 1950. He was the first college graduate in his family. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945, serving six months in China, and eventually rose to the rank of commander in the Naval Reserve when he was in charge of a naval unit in Lexington.  Employed for a time at the University of Minnesota and at Florida State as a vocational guidance counselor, he later was an administrative assistant at a naval weapons station in Virginia.  He came back to Kentucky following an automobile accident that took the life of his mother and severely injured his father. He was employed for about a year, at this time, by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Subsequent employment found him at Woodford Manufacturing, where he was vice president and plant manager for five years, during which time he set up a similar plant in Puerto Rico. He followed that employment with a stint of farming for several years in Woodford County. While serving out 30 years of active and Naval Reserve time, he held posts on both the local school board and on the Planning and Zoning Commission.  A Campbellite turned Presbyterian, he married Jean Hamilton in 1950 and they lived the bulk of their nearly 52 years of marriage in Versailles.  
Survivors include three children, Biff Baker, Duncan Baker, and Jeannette Sellers, all of Versailles; and nine grandchildren, Mark Sellers, Jennifer Sellers, Bill Baker, Ashley Baker, Ben Baker, Branden Gross, Franklin Baker, Jessica Baker, and Kelly Baker. 
Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 8 at, the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery.  Casket bearers were his grandchildren.  Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Presbyterian Church, 130 North Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383. 
Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.


Blandford
Frances Marie Thompson Blandford, 82, of Raywick, widow of Marion Blandford, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at Spring View Hospital.
Born July 24, 1924, in Marion County, Ky. she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Jeanette Hughes Thompson. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Survivors include three sons, Tommy Blandford, Raywick, Johnny Blandford, New Haven, and David “J. B.” Blandford, Versailles; four granddaughters, Jennifer Courtwright, Jill Abell, Katy Clifton, and Megan Blandford; four grandsons, Joe Marion Blandford, Kevin Blandford, Glen and Keith Blandford; seven great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters; two sisters, Aline DeNardi, Melba, Idaho, and Margaret Thompson, Lebanon; and a brother, Gerald Thompson, St. Mary. A son, Joseph Richard Blandford; a grandson, Jamie Blandford; a great-grandson, James Scott Blandford; a sister, Cecilia Mattingly; and three brothers, Ed, Bill, and Bert Thompson, are deceased.
A funeral Mass was conducted Friday, Jan. 5, at St. Charles Catholic Church by the Rev. Jim Graf. Interment was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ray Thompson, Terry Mattingly, Martin Thompson, Jimmy Thompson, Ricky Thompson, and Joe Thompson. Bosley Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Clinkinbeard
Alice Conrad “Connie” Young Clinkinbeard, 75, of Lexington, wife of Robert Morris Clinkinbeard, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at the Markey Cancer Center.
Born Nov. 25, 1931, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Robert Morris and Nancy Piatt Young. She was a graduate of University High School and attended the University of Kentucky. She was a member of Idle Hour Country Club, Keeneland Club and Thoroughbred Club of America, past member of the Junior League of Lexington, Town and Country Garden Club, and an elder for Midway Presbyterian Church. She served on the Scott County Board of Adjustments for 20 years, and was an early active board member of Woodford Save the Land. She also served as a board member for the Central Kentucky Nursing Homes Ombudsman program. She was a third generation thoroughbred breeder with her husband.
In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by a daughter, Nancy Hadden Clinkinbeard, Lexington; a son, Edward Hollis Clinkinbeard, Lexington; three grandchildren, Hollis Marie, Elizabeth Hayley and Daniel Lee Clinkinbeard, Lexington; two brothers, Thomas Young, Lexington, and Robert Young, Lexington; seven nephews and nieces; eight great-nephews and nieces; and a great-great-niece.
Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. James Rucker and the Rev. Edward Hopper. Private committal services will follow. Casket bearers will be Robert E. Staley, Jeffrey Walling, James Walling and James Daniel Walling. Honorary bearers will be Isaac Rouse, Robert E. Courtney, Dr. Norman E. Fisher, Robert Brewer, Robert A.A. Brewer, Ambrose Givens, Dr. John Stewart and Joseph Mainous. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 11, at Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Road.
Contributions are suggested to the Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

Creek
Susanna Parker Creek, 65, of Lexington, wife of Leon J. Creek, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer.
The daughter of John R. and Anne J. Parker of Versailles, she was a graduate of Margaret Hall School in Versailles and the University of Kentucky. She lived for 20 years in Brockport and Rochester, N.Y., before moving back to Lexington. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, and spending time with family. She was a docent at Ashland, home of Henry Clay, and an active member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church. She was the former executive director of the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Under her leadership, the foundation’s assets grew from less than a million dollars to over $20 million.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Janet R. Parker, Georgetown; two daughters, Anne Johnson Jay, Louisville, and Alice Parker Schaaf, Lexington; and three grandsons, Thomas, John, and William Jay.
A memorial service will be conducted at Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Versailles at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, followed by a reception in the Pisgah Academy Building.
Donations suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Blue Grass Community Foundation

Higgins
Norman Higgins, 66, of Versailles, widower of Jean Higgins, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Central Baptist Hospital after a brief illness.
He was the son of the late Stanley “Jack” Higgins and Ollie B. Higgins.
Survivors include four daughters, Gwea and Denice Higgins, Atlanta, Ga., and Princess Jenkins and Sherry Wilson, Lexington; a son, Eric Higgins, Lexington; two brothers, Bennett Higgins and Jonathan Higgins, Louisville; three aunts, Daisy Buster and Marcella N. Bush, Lexington, and Geneva McGee, Washington, D.C., and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Wesley United Methodist Church. Morgan Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

McMakin
William Michael McMakin, 49, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Lexington and Dallas, Texas, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in St. Louis.
Born in Lexington, he was the son of William Nelson McMakin and the late Jimmie Pierce McMakin. He was a builder and clothing designer, and was a graduate of Tates Creek High School.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his stepmother, Elsie Steele McMakin; a sister, Julianne McMakin Mullinix; a brother, Martin Dennis McMakin, all of Lexington, his life friend and partner, John Henry Callahan, St. Louis, Mo.; a stepbrother, Dr. Lance Long, Lexington; a nephew, William Nelson McMakin, Versailles; and an aunt, Charlene Johnson, Lexington.
Private graveside services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 6, in the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. Greg Hancock. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, 550 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502.

Metcalf
Clyde Metcalf, 63, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, husband of Eula Mae Metcalf, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at Blue Grass Community Hospital of a heart attack.
Born in Owsley County, he was the son of the late Bob and Ocie Neeley Metcalf. He had farmed for many years in Woodford County prior to health issues that prevented him from working. He had worked for Eddie Sellers, Everett Tucker, and the Ralph Mills farm. He was a member of the Glen’s Creek Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Alisha Golden, Lexington; four sons, Rick Metcalf, Lawrenceburg, Richard Metcalf and Scotty Metcalf, both of Versailles, and Johnny Metcalf, Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Yvonne Gabbert, Jackson County, and Lorene Melton, Dry Ridge; and eight grandchildren. A brother, Hubert Metcalf, is deceased.
Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl Bush.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Guest book at www.Black-burnandward.com.

Oaks
William Timothy Oaks, 40, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, in Florida.
Born Sept. 25, 1966, in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of the late Marvin and Geraldine Smith Oaks and had worked in the construction industry.
Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie Tucker, Ohio; three sons, Shane Tucker, Jarrett Oaks, and Dustin Oaks, all of Ohio; two sisters, Tina Godfrey, Liberty, and Teresa Anderson, Florida; and a brother, James Oaks, Georgetown.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles.
Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

Richardson
David Keith Richardson, 44, of Raleigh, N.C., formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday Jan. 2, 2007.
Born Aug. 9, 1962, in Versailles, he was the son of Paul and Barbara Richardson. He was a graduate of Woodford County High School and earned his doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky in 1987. He worked as a lead clinical research associate for Duke Clinical Research Institute.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Deborah Richardson; a niece, Anna; and a nephew, Sam, all of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and many aunts and uncles.
Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Sam Hardin, Harold Lee, Donald Brumback, Steve Brumback, David Allen Brumback and Cory Courtney.
Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

Russell
Anna S. Terry Russell, 68, wife of James L. Russell, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, in Lexington at Hospice Care Center.
Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late John William Terry and Chesney Hines Richardson. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Versailles and retired as a nurse’s aide.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by six daughters, Abby Sorrell and Bonnie Russell, both of Nicholasville, Sheila Florian, Shirley Walton, Barbara Reynolds, and Pam Russell, all of Versailles; a son, James Russell, Nicholasville; a brother, Henry Terry, Versailles; a sister, Lois F. York, Florida; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Russell, Ben Russell, Scott Sorrell, Adam Sorrell, Lewis Walton, Michael Walton, John Lopez, Chucky Woods, and Joey Woods.
Guest book at www.Blackburnandward.com.

Sanders
Jerry L. Sanders, 64, of Lexington, husband of Sharon Sanders, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital.
Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late Harvey and Lucy Sanders. He was a fleet operations manager for Johnson Controls and was an avid golfer.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John Sanders, Richmond; a daughter, Janice Ireland, Versailles; and seven granddaughters, Mendy, Jessica, Kayce, Jeri, Hannah, Emma, and Olivia.
Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 6, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. John Brandon.
Contributions are suggested to Kentucky Organ Donor Association, 2201 Regency Road, Suite 601, Lexington, KY 40503.

Slaughter
Paul Lewis Slaughter, 91, of Versailles, husband of Virginia Roberts Slaughter, died Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg.
Born Dec. 16, 1915, in Hart County, he was the son of Thomas and Cattie Richardson Slaughter. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Lexington and was a gospel singer with a resounding baritone voice. He had been song leader at his home church, Cosby United Methodist, in Hart County, and was a frequent song evangelist at revivals in that area. He operated his farms in Hart and Metcalfe counties until 1968 when he moved to Woodford County where he and Virginia worked at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth for several years. He was a school bus driver in Woodford County where he jokingly told his passengers his name was George; therefore, his name was George to a generation of Woodford County residents. He drove a van for Woodford County Senior Citizens and enjoyed restoring antique furniture and rebuilt many treasured pieces for his family and friends.
In addition to his wife of 72 years, he is survived by a son, Tom Slaughter, Lexington; a daughter, Jenny Ralston, Versailles; five grandchildren, Millie Hardigree, Nicholasville, Thomas Slaughter, Chandler, Ariz., Paulette Akers, Versailles, Richelle Ralston, Lexington, and Seth Ralston, Versailles; five great-grandchildren; and a nephew and two nieces. A great-grandchild; three brothers, A. B. Slaughter, Perry Marshall Slaughter, and Thea Forrest Slaughter; a sister, Mary Emma Chaney; a half-sister, Lillian Slaughter; and two half-brothers, Cephas and Roscoe Slaughter, are deceased.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the funeral home by Judge Tim Philpot and the Rev. Tom Ditto. Interment will be in Rose Crest Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Radio Eye for the Blind, University Station Box 1030, Lexington, KY 40509.
Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Taylor

Thomas Taylor Jr., 78, of Lake Wales, Fla., and formerly of Versailles, husband of Julia Taylor, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, in Florida.
Born in Corbin, he was a son of the late Thomas Sr. and Josephine Davis Taylor. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and has attended the Wayside Baptist Church in Lake Wales. Following graduation from high school in Clinton, Tenn., he was employed by Kroger, where he retired as a manager. He was a former firefighter and former chief of the Versailles Fire Department. He worked for several years as a teller at the Woodford Bank and Trust Company.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Donna Traugott, Versailles; two grandsons, Michael Traugott, Lawrenceburg, and Brian Traugott, Versailles; and two great-grandsons, Zachary and Kaiden Traugott. His first wife, Dorsey Whitus Taylor; a brother; and six sisters are deceased.
Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Wesley Noss and Rick Ralston. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Michael Traugott, Brian Traugott, Marshall Traugott, Lonnie Myers, Leonard Neal and Frankie Shuck. Honorary bearers were Willard “Pappy” Corman, Bill Cofer, Don Cummins, Melvin Sutherland, Dick Brock, Charlie Brown, Paul Jones, Mike Brown, Sam Dennison, Bill Taylor, and all of his Florida friends..
Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.


Watson
Christeva Goodrich Watson, 81, widow of J. C. Metts and Neville Watson, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at Lexington Country Place.
Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late James Elmer Sr. and Bessie Simpson Goodrich. She was a member of the Millville Baptist Church and a former employee at Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Monroe, Versailles, Charlotte Rogers and Nancy Williamson, both of Florida, and Sandy Blue, Henderson; a son, Jimmy Metts, Port Orange, Fla.; a sister, Bonnie Hippe, Millville; three brothers, Harvey Goodrich, Millville, and James E. Goodrich and Silas Goodrich, both of Versailles; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A sister, Betty Miller; two brothers, Donnie and Juett Goodrich; and a grandchild, Sarah Christeva Metts, are deceased.
Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson and the Rev. Jeff Douglas. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Daniel Williamson, Michael Goodrich, Terry Walters, Justin Walters, Dale Hippe, Phillip Ridings, and Luke Hippe.
Memorials are suggested to one’s favorite charity.
Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.


 

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